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Rebecca and Sunny in Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic. The National Museum is in the background. (photo taken by Bob Garrison)

Ownership/Affiliations

The business name World Class Travel and Tours is a registered trade name with the State of Louisiana. The company is owned by J. Ernest "Sunny" Breeding, Jr. and Rebecca D. Breeding. We are members (either as an individual, agency, or both) of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA), and the consortium Travel Leaders Network. We are also members of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. We carry $1,000,000 in Errors and Omissions Insurance with Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection.

Our Objective

It is our objective to create a wonderful travel experience for you. Our clients have told us that their vacation was the trip of a lifetime, or the best travel experience that they had ever had.

Why travel?

Everyone wants to travel for pleasure and relaxation. So do we. But travel can be much more than that. Traveling to other places is the best way to learn about the interesting peoples and cultures throughout the world. Additionally, it is the only way to see first hand some incredibly beautiful sights scattered around our planet. It is our pleasure to share these experiences by helping you plan your travels.

Why use a Travel Consultant/Agent?

There are a number of good reasons for using only travel consultants to book your travel:

  1. Only a travel professional can offer you the full range of tours and cruises available and properly guide you in planning the best vacation for your expectations and budget.
  2. Some of the best tour operators do not sell directly to the public. To take advantage of these tours you have to book them through a travel agent.
  3. If a tour operator will take direct bookings from the public, the price is the same if booked through a travel agent.
  4. You do not have to worry about making the arrangements as we do that for you.
  5. If you book on your own and have a problem, you are on your own. If you book through a travel consultant you have someone to help you fix the problem.
  6. By working with tour operators and cruise lines we can offer you package-prices that can cost less than the sum of the items (air, hotel, transfers, guides, car, etc.) purchased separately.

 

Sunny and Rebecca with the Aguila Glacier in Agostini Sound, Chile.

Sunny and Rebecca with the Aguila Glacier in Agostini Sound, Chile near the southern point of South America. (photo taken by Dave Reed)

Travel we book

We book many kinds of tours and cruises including the following:

  1. Tours & cruises worldwide
  2. Escorted, independent, & hosted tours
  3. Leisure travel & honeymoons
  4. Nature, cultural, & historic sights
  5. Hotel, air, car, & train packages
  6. Groups: Save on cruises & tours

We only use tour operators that have been around for a long time and have established good reputations. We also recommend tour operators that have expert knowledge of each destination and know what is on and off the beaten path. We recommend tour operators that offer quality tours at value prices. Tours (packages) range from the fully escorted kind to those where you are entirely on your own. We also book cruises, and specialize in river cruises and small ship ocean cruises. How do we determine the best tour and cruise operators?

  1. We attend national trade shows and interview travel providers.
  2. We use our own world travels as first-hand experience.
  3. We network with numerous other experienced travel consultants in the USA and Canada.

Planning Fees

We will sometimes charge a planning fee. Like medical doctors, CPAs, and financial advisors we have expertise in our field and reserve the right to charge a nonrefundable planning fee for our time spent and services rendered, especially for complicated itineraries. The amount of the fee depends upon the amount of work required to plan a trip. A completely independent and customized tour can include hotels at a number of places, transfers or rental car, flights, and other travel items. These type of tours can take a lot of planning time. By comparison escorted and some hosted tours take less time to plan. Any planning fee will be established when discussing travel plans with a client.

Our Backgrounds

We got into the travel businesses in April 1994 after developing successful careers in other fields. We chose this business because of our love of travel and the enjoyment we get from learning about other cultures, both past and present, and the opportunity to see first hand some incredible works of both man and Mother Nature. A brief summary of our backgrounds follows.

Sunny and Rebecca in the Hall of Mirrors room in the Versailles Palace, France.

Sunny and Rebecca in the Hall of Mirrors room, Versailles Palace, France. (photo taken by Versailles Palace guide)

Rebecca D. Breeding

In college Rebecca majored in mathematics with a minor in physics. She graduated with a B. S. from the University of Richmond in Virginia. For most of her career Rebecca has worked in the field of data processing in both technical and managerial positions. She is retired from the International Business Machines, Inc. (IBM).

J. Ernest "Sunny" Breeding, Jr., Ph.D.

For a biographical sketch that appeared in the Slidell Sentry-News go here.

Education

Simpson College, Indianola, IA (1956 - 1959), physics; Drake University, Des Moines, IA (1959 - 1960) physics, B. A.; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (1960 - 1961), graduate physics; and Columbia University, New York City, NY (1965 - 1972) Ph.D., geophysics/physical oceanography.

Professional Experience - Science

Research. Have conducted research at the Naval Coastal Systems Center, Panama City, FL (1962 - 1978); Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, NY (1965 - 1970); Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (1977 - 1979); Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), Melbourne, FL (1979 - 1987); Naval Oceanographic Office, Stennis Space Center, MS (1988); and Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS (1988 - March 31, 1998).

Rebecca and Sunny in Central Park.

Rebecca and Sunny in Central Park, New York City. (Photo taken by Belle Darden)

Teaching. Have taught at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Graduate Teaching Assistantship (1960 - 1961); Florida state University, Tallahassee, FL, Visiting Associate Professor of Oceanography (1977 - 1979); and Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), Melbourne, FL, Associate Professor of Oceanography and Ocean Engineering (1979 - 1987). Courses taught include graduate and undergraduate courses on subjects in physics, geophysics, physical oceanography, ocean engineering, and mathematical methods of physics.

Published papers. Have prepared technical laboratory reports and published papers in society proceedings and refereed journals. Have presented papers at numerous international meetings.

Professional societies. Have membership in the following societies: American Geophysical Union, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, American Meteorological Society, American Association of Physics Teachers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi (honorary), and Sigma Pi Sigma (honorary).

Professional Experience - Travel

Business. Travel consultant and travel photographer (1994 - Present).

Hobby

Licensed amateur radio (ham) operator: WA4ULZ

Biographical Listings

Listed in or have been listed in: American Men & Women of Science, Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Marquis Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Marquis Who's Who in America, and Marquis Who's in the World.

Rebecca and Sunny at Manuel Antonio National Park.

Rebecca and Sunny at Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica bordering the Pacific Ocean. (Photo taken by Naturalist guide Andres)

 

Contact Information

World Class Travel & Tours
115 Blackbeard Dr.
Slidell, LA 70461 USA

Tel: 985-641-5170
Fax: 985-643-8540
Toll free: 800-337-4249

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